League of Women Voters Hosting Forum on Safe Patient Limits Ballot Question

DENNIS PORT – With the highly anticipated November elections right around the corner, Massachusetts voters are weighing their options on highly important, and highly publicized, ballot questions.

The most notable of these is the proposed Safe Patient Limit bill, Question 1 on this year’s ballot.

The League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area is hosting a forum featuring opposing views on the issue on Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennis Port.

President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Registered Nurse at Cambridge Hospital Donna Kelly-Williams and Beth Picknik, a Registered Nurse at Cape Cod Hospital for 45-years, will be speaking in favor of Safe Patient Limits question.

Speaking against the measure will be Cape Cod Hospital Senior Vice President of Strategy & Government Affairs Theresa Ahern, MPA, and the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Judith C. Quinn, MSN, RN-BC.

If voted into law, the initiative would place legal limits on the number of patients a single nurse can be assigned at once, resulting in varying nurse to patient ratios in different hospital departments. It would impose a $25,000 fine on hospitals in violation of those ratios.

The League of Women Voters has taken no official position on this ballot question.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center

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